6.7/10
2,392
36 user 14 critic

Gidget (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 10 April 1959 (USA)
A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Francine (Gidget) is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggie" is home from College. When he... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: James Darren, Michael Callan, Deborah Walley
Gidget (1965–1966)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Frances "Gidget" Lawrence lives with her widowed college professor father in Southern California. Anne is her older sister who is married to John Cooper, an obtuse but lovable psychology ... See full summary »

Stars: Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Frances, now 17, is still in love with Moondoggy. She can persuade her parents to allow them a journey to Rome, together with two of her and two of his friends. However they have to take an... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: James Darren, Cindy Carol, Jessie Royce Landis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Rich socialite Chantal marries Eugene, a photographer, and everything seems blissful until her envious friend attempts to break them up. In desperation, she turns to her mother, but the advice she receives may do more harm than good.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Micheline Presle
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When Mrs. Call's heart condition acts up, Tammy tags along in the trip to Los Angeles when the old lady is getting her surgery. Since there are no guest quarters in the hospital, Tammy gets... See full summary »

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Sandra Dee, Peter Fonda, Macdonald Carey
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Joan Howell, a young and pretty maid-for-hire, meets and begins dating wealthy New York City businessman Tom Milford. Embarrassed about bringing him back to her tiny apartment that she ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Donald O'Connor
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tammy leaves the river in Mississippi to attend college, developing a relationship with Tom Freeman (John Gavin). Sandra Dee replaces Debbie Reynolds in this and the third Tammy movie. This... See full summary »

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Sandra Dee, John Gavin, Charles Drake
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unsophisticated young woman from the Mississippi swamps falls in love with an unconventional southern gentleman.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Walter Brennan, Leslie Nielsen
Gidget Grows Up (TV Movie 1969)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After spending the last two years in Europe as an exchange student, Gidget returns home to California only to discover that things have changed. The letters she had been writing to her ... See full summary »

Director: James Sheldon
Stars: Karen Valentine, Edward Mulhare, Paul Petersen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A father's attempts to protect his college-age daughter from trouble backfire, and he finds himself in the middle of scandal after scandal.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: James Stewart, Sandra Dee, Audrey Meadows
The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The misadventures of a nun who can fly and her convent and neighbours.

Stars: Sally Field, Marge Redmond, Madeleine Sherwood
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A teenage American girl while visiting her father, is thrown into London society during the "Debutante Season".

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, John Saxon
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
The Four Preps ...
Band at Beach
Mary LaRoche ...
...
Stinky
...
Lover Boy
Sue George ...
Betty Louise aka B.L.
Robert Ellis ...
Hot Shot
...
Mary Lou
...
Nan
Patti Kane ...
Patti
...
Waikiki
Burt Metcalfe ...
Edit

Storyline

Due to an accident while swimming in the sea, Francis meets the surfer Moondoggy. She's fascinated of his sport and starts to hang out with his clique. Although they make fun of her at first, they teach her to surf. Soon she's accepted and given the nickname "Gidget". But it's hard work to become more than a friend to Moondoggy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Watch out Brigitte...here comes Gidget! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 April 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

April entdeckt die Männer  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(ColumbiaColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The producer wanted Elvis Presley to play the leading male role but the studio declined because Presley was at the time too expensive. See more »

Goofs

When Gidget has completed her first successful surf the gang carry a surf board back to the shack. An audio reel of various ad libs plays during this part. After the Gidget learns of the "orgy" the gang disbands and the very same audio reel of ad libs is heard though it has no relevance this time around. See more »

Quotes

Gidget: Oh boy, the bigger they are the dopier they come.
See more »


Soundtracks

Gidget
Lyrics by Patti Washington
Music by Fred Karger
Sung by The Four Preps over the opening credits and by James Darren (uncredited) on screen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The unofficial start
16 May 2004 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

Probably the genesis of the Grade-B surfing and Beach Blanket movies, no mean feat in my humble opinion. Dee is spunky teen (only 15 when this was filmed!) who gets in over her head, in more ways than one, hanging out with the older guy surfers. The boys don't know whether to take her seriously or not, until she ends up on "old-timer" Robertson's couch with the lights off and the fire roaring..... Light comedy/drama played straight by the actors to a pleasing finale. Kind of ahead of its time, it has more of an early-mid 60's than a 50's feel. There's only one real Gidget - this one - which was followed by several inferior movie and television productions, none involving Dee. Frankie Avalon stole Robertson's character name, the Big Kahuna, for his 1987 beach blanket reprise "Back to the Beach".


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?